.LIN File Extension

There are 4 file types use the .LIN file extension:

  1. AutoCAD Linetype File
  2. Valve Leak Pointfile
  3. Bridge Base Online Hands File
  4. X-Plane Painted Line File

1. AutoCAD Linetype File

AutoCAD Linetype File
  • Developer Autodesk
  • Popularity
    4.0 (3 votes)
  • Category CAD Files
  • Format N/A

Line type definition (also called a "linetype" or "line style") that defines the paths of a vector-based object used by AutoCAD; stores shapes information in a text-based format.

Linetype files can also be imported into the MicroStation Line Style Editor by selecting "File→Import→AutoCAD Line Style File."

Software's name License Platforms
Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk AutoCAD Commercial AndroidiOSMacWindows
Bentley MicroStation Bentley MicroStation Windows
Can be edited with a text editor Can be edited with a text editor Windows

Updated: October 4, 2007

2. Valve Leak Pointfile

Valve Leak Pointfile
  • Developer Valve
  • Popularity
    3.5 (4 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format N/A

A LIN file is a data file created by VBSP, a game level map compiling tool included with Valve Hammer Editor (version 4 or later). It contains information about one or more leak(s) in a Valve Map .VMF file detected by VBSP when compiling the VMF file. LIN files are generated in the same directory as the corresponding VMF file.

You can use Valve Hammer Editor to create custom level maps for various video games, such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike. The maps are saved as VMF files, which are working files that can be closed, re-opened, and edited. The files must be compiled to the Binary Space Partition (BSP) format before they can be loaded into BSP-based game engines.

The VBSP tool included with Valve Hammer Editor is used to compile VMF files. If the tool detects any points (leaks) where the black infinite area around the map makes contact with an entity in the map, it generates a LIN file in the same directory as the VMF file. You can then review the leak(s) in the file, fix them, then re-compile the map so it will work correctly in the game. If the leaks are fixed, the LIN file is deleted the next time VBSP runs.

[VMF filename].lin - The name of the LIN file is the same as the VMF file for which it contains the detected leaks.

Software's name License Platforms
Valve Hammer Editor Valve Hammer Editor Free Windows

Updated: August 16, 2019

3. Bridge Base Online Hands File

Bridge Base Online Hands File
  • Developer Bridge Base Online
  • Popularity
    2.0 (1 votes)
  • Category Game Files
  • Format Text

A LIN file contains a series of Bridge card game "hands" (cards dealt to a player) in the plain text Bridge Base Online format. It also stores metadata about the series of hands in the file, such as the creator of the file, the Portable Bridge Notation .PBN file from which the LIN file is created, and the date, location, and event in which the file was created.

You can open a LIN file by uploading it to Bridge Base Online. To do this, log in to Bridge Base Online, click the "Account" tab, select "Deal archive," choose the folder you want to import the LIN file to, then click Import LIN file.

Since LIN files are saved in plain text, you can also open and edit LIN files with a plain text editor. Keep in mind that LIN files opened in a text editor will not be displayed the same as if they were opened in Bridge Base Online.

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone
Apple TextEdit Apple TextEdit Bundled Mac
Bare Bones BBEdit Bare Bones BBEdit Commercial Mac
Bridge Base Online Bridge Base Online Free Web
gedit gedit Open Source Linux
Leafpad Leafpad Free Linux
Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad Bundled MacWindows
Microsoft WordPad Microsoft WordPad Bundled Windows

Updated: December 26, 2020

4. X-Plane Painted Line File

X-Plane Painted Line File
  • Developer Laminar Research
  • Popularity
    2.0 (8 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format Text

Painted line file used by X-Plane, a professional flight simulator; contains data that defines taxiway markings on the ground.

The LIN file consists of a header and commands that define different aspects of the lines, such as the texture, size, scale, and direction (rounded or sharp corners).

Software's name License Platforms
X-Plane X-Plane Commercial LinuxMacWindows

Updated: August 11, 2014

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